Ultra-Rare 1969 Yenko Camaro to Be Offered at Russo and Steele January Scottsdale ’14 Auction

2014-01-02T14:00:00Z Ultra-Rare 1969 Yenko Camaro to Be Offered at Russo and Steele January Scottsdale ’14 Auction nwitimes.com
January 02, 2014 2:00 pm

The race-bred brainchild of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania’s Don Yenko, one of America’s premier road-racers and high-performance Chevy dealers, the Yenko Camaro remains one of the quickest and most-coveted American supercars of all time. Just 198 were built for 1969, courtesy of Chevy’s infamous COPO factory-ordering pipeline with the 425-horsepower L27 427 “big-block” engine at their core. While small in numbers, Yenko’s monstrous 427-powered Camaros ruled the street and strip with equal authority and they continue to epitomize Chevrolet’s 1960’s high-performance cars. Today, no serious high-performance collection is complete without one.

Factory-built with Chevrolet’s COPO 9561 (High-Performance) and 9737 (Sports Car Conversion) packages, the cars included Chevy’s brutal 427/425 L72 engine plus heavy-duty suspension and cooling, ZL2 Cowl Induction hood, power front disc brakes, 4.10:1 Positraction rear axle, 15x7 wheels, E70x15 tires, a 140-mph speedometer, front and rear spoilers, and a larger front sway bar. Following delivery to Yenko Chevrolet, signature touches included a Stewart-Warner tachometer, custom wheels, and unique Yenko graphics, stripes, and Yenko-accented seats. Yenko also relabeled the 427’s air-cleaner lid with a more accurate power rating of 450 horsepower. Of the six exterior colors available, the Daytona Yellow of this outstanding example remains perhaps the most desirable.

In addition, this particular 1969 Yenko Camaro stands tall as being one of precious few to retain its original factory-installed 427 engine, hooked to a non-original but nonetheless correct and proper Muncie M-21 four-speed manual transmission. While all Yenko Camaros from ’69 continue to be particularly valuable and collectible due to their factory-built authenticity, only an estimated one-quarter of remaining examples retain their original factory-installed engines. Significantly, fewer are four-speed-equipped cars.

Offered from a noted California-based private collection best known for its careful selection parameters and excellent care, this 1969 Yenko Camaro is now being reluctantly sold only due to current space constraints. Ownership history is beyond reproach with prior caretakers forming a veritable “Who’s Who” list of the collector world. High-profile media exposure includes 2005 coverage of the car with then-owner Greg Joseph and pro-wrestler/car-guy Bill Goldberg for the History Channel’s Automaniacs TV show. Shortly thereafter, the consignor acquired the car, with whom the car was invited to the ultra-exclusive “Muscle Cars at the Mansion” car show, where 23 handpicked muscle cars from around the world were selected for display at the famous Playboy Mansion. In addition, famed photographer Ron Kimball’s images of the Camaro have graced various calendars. Documentation is bulletproof, including a copy of an original Yenko Chevrolet Inventory Sheet, a 1991 COPO Connection report by Chevy muscle car expert Ed Cuneen, and inclusion within the Yenko Registry.

Fully restored, retaining most of its original sheet metal, and containing correct, date-coded components along with its factory-original engine, this 1969 Yenko Camaro is, simply put, one of, if not the best of its breed in the world, marking a fantastic opportunity for collectors of the hottest and most rare American muscle cars ever conceived. For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images or more information on the offering at Scottsdale of this stellar 1969 Yenko Camaro, please contact Michelle Gothan at michelle@russoandsteele.com.

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